[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif][color=#222222][URL="http://www.speednik.com/files/2014/11/la-auto-show-live-cadillac.jpg"]Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, the Cadillac ATS-V coupe and sedan met with lots of flashing cameras, videos, and admiration from a standing room only crowd. The V-Series from Cadillac was introduced in 2004, and has been the performance sector of the brand.[/color][/font]
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[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]At all four corners resides high-performance Brembo calipers and a brake system that was developed to be durable and consistent, straight out of the box. Braking at the front end utilizes staggered six-piston calipers and 14.5-inch rotors, while four-piston calipers clamp down on 13.3-inch rear rotors.[/font]
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[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Under the hood is a good reason for those performance brakes. Cadillac’s twin turbocharged V6 engine is putting out 455 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. This is the most powerful six cylinder in its class, and puts the Cadillac to 60 mph in a scant 3.9 seconds. That power continues to push the car to a top speed of over 185 mph, making it not only a factory ready track car, but a seriously potent one at that.[/font]
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[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]“Cadillac’s V-Series is the best example of Cadillac’s emerging product substance – and the purest expression of the passion at the core of the brand,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.[/font]
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[font=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Keeping the car luxurious as well as nimble, a third-generation Magnetic Ride Control delivers 40 percent faster damping response. Performance Traction Management provides enhanced performance and balance integrated into the chassis, making this a luxury car that is capable of touring and racing at the track with the selectable driver controls.[/font]
In less time than it takes to read this sentence Top Fuel Dragsters – the world’s quickest and fastest race cars – would have completed one of their earth-shattering quarter mile runs. In less than five seconds!
Top Fuel drag racing is like a motor racing rock concert complete with stadium lights, smoke, pyrotechnics and chest-pounding, rib-shaking noise! Still, AC/DC has nothing on the Top Fuel Dragsters when it comes to putting on the most spectacular show on earth!
You can expect to see these cars and so much more at the Australian Nationals, hosted by Sydney Dragway from Friday, October 31 to Sunday November 2.
As one of the most important events of the motorsport calendar the Australian Nationals brings together the fastest vehicles on the planet from all over Australia. Along with the Top Fuel dragsters you can see the wild supercharged Top Doorslammers – the fastest sedan bodied cars; Top Fuel Motorcycles – the fastest bikes and Pro Stock – the fastest naturally aspirated vehicles as well as over 400 other race teams competing for one of the most coveted trophies in motor sport.
While the racing is a major part of the Australian Nationals there is also so much for the kids to see and do!
Take a walk in the pits and get a close up look at the race cars!
Get your photo taken with your favourite driver!
Maybe you might get to sit in a race car!
Have your face painted!
Visit kid’s corner and meet our friendly clowns!
Enjoy the many kid’s rides and entertainment scattered around the venue!
Visit the various trade stalls and pick up that special race day memento!
With mums (and all ladies) half price on the Sunday and kids under 12 FREE for the entire event, the Australian Nationals promises to be an action packed event guaranteed to entertain the entire family!
In all, this is an event that will assault your senses, rearrange your entertainment values and literally BLOW YOUR MIND!
Just thought I'd join your forums as a Commodore lover/owner and to spread the word about this map I've created using FOI data we got from VicRoads.
It shows every postcode in Victoria and maps them out with either red (more Holdens), blue (more Fords), purple (exactly the same numbers) and yellow (we don't have data for these postcodes).
Obviously, there's plenty of blue around Geelong given the factory is (was) there - but overall, plenty of red around Victoria in most areas. As it should be!
In today's Daily Tele is a photo of the last FG Falcon GT, together with the first new Falcon and Territory production cars. To me, the interesting thing is the name given to the two new models. The Territory appears to be the SZ Series II, but the Falcon has a banner over it calling it the FG X. I wonder if that will actually be the model designation?
While on the subject of the next Falcon, am I the only one who thinks it actually looks sharper and better than the VF? The new grille and overall front end design appeals to me and has a more integrated and modern appearance than the Commodore. The rear photos in the recent issue of Wheels also shows a design which is (IMO) nicer than the Commie.
Walkinshaw Performance has released its most powerful V8 package ever, boosting 6.0-litre Holden Commodore models to 500kW and 6.2-litre HSVs to a whopping 550kW.
The Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition Supercharger Package is an enhanced version of the WPP230 Supercharger pack, and is limited to just 50 units.
For the first time ever, WPP has added a camshaft upgrade as part of the package, and in an industry first it will be the only supercharger/camshaft combination to come with a full driveline warranty.
Walkinshaw says the $24,490 package boosts outputs of 6.0-litre V8-powered [URL="http://www.caradvice.com.au/holden/commodore/"]Commodores to 500kW and 800Nm, and 6.2-litre [URL="http://www.caradvice.com.au/hsv/"]HSV models to 550kW and 980Nm – both easily outgunning the 430kW/740Nm [URL="http://www.caradvice.com.au/hsv/gts/"]HSV GTS.
The package can be fitted to all Holden VE and VF Commodore and HSV E Series and Gen-F models – meaning a new 270kW Holden Commodore SS can be purchased and fitted with the 500kW pack for $66,480 and a new 317kW HSV ClubSport to 550kW for $85,480.
Each Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition Supercharger Package engine will be individually numbered from 1-50 and fitted with a plaque with the signatures of all four current Walkinshaw Racing V8 Supercar drivers: Garth Tander, James Courtney, Tim Slade and Nick Percat.
The package includes the upgrade already available in the W457 and W497, with a Eaton Twin Vortices 2300 Series supercharger with Gen VI rotors, water-to-air intercooler, large high-flow injectors, custom moulded intercooler and heater hoses, cast aluminium coil covers, injection moulded cold air intake, heavy duty serpentine belt drive system with Goodyear Gatorback belt, 12-inch intake runners, self-contained oil system, ceramic coated headers, and a dual active cat back exhaust.
The camshaft and valve spring upgrade features an OEM-spec camshaft, cam sprocket, camshaft bolt set and crank bolt, as well as beehive-style valve springs, valve spring retainers and valve stem locks.
Completing the package are Walkinshaw Racing Edition decals, an SP2245 Tool Kit with WP Racing decal, full dyno tune from an authorised Walkinshaw Performance Centre, and a Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition certificate of authenticity.
Walkinshaw Performance general manger Tony Harris says the package "produces a level of excitement never felt before from a WPP-enhanced vehicle".
"From the beginning of this process, our goal was to engineer the most powerful upgrade to date for a road car from WPP without compromising driveability," Harris said.
"It evokes passion in a way that few can relate to – unless perhaps you drive a V8 Supercar."
The Walkinshaw Racing Limited Edition Supercharger Package goes on sale on October 15.